Friday, November 30, 2001 @ 2:30 PM
Police Raid Home Of Paul Reube
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From Page 6:
Police have raided the Hollywood house of Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman, and carted off boxes of evidence in a kiddie porn probe.
On Nov. 16, Reubens' home was searched after the Los Angeles Police Department was told that the comic genius was into child pornography.
But a spokesman for Reubens, 49 - who most recently starred in "Blow" and "Mystery Men," and hosted the NBC game show "You Don't Know Jack" - claims that Reubens is an innocent victim of blackmail.
"The search was based on a financially motivated, fabricated claim by an [unnamed] individual," the spokesman told Page Six.
"The police did have a search warrant, but they were voluntarily allowed into [Reubens'] home. They seized material from [Reubens'] house including his vintage kitsch and erotic art and photography collections which Paul has collected for over 30 years."
A story in next week's National Enquirer will report cops carted off nearly 2,000 videotapes, dozens of boxes of pornographic pictures, magazines and books, and three computers containing "lewd material."
But the most disturbing claim in the story is that among the bawdy bounty seized from Reubens' gated mansion were 20 to 30 Polaroids of apparently underage boys, "some undressed, some performing solo sex acts," Enquirer editor David Perel tells Page Six.
Reubens' spokesman vowed, "At the end of the day, my client will be completely vindicated. The story that my client has child pornography is false.
"Paul is a collector of kitsch art and erotica," the spokesman said. "His house is like a museum. He is a very big pop-art collector from outer-space images to vintage advertisements to Pee-wee Herman memorabilia."
While no charges have been filed, the Enquirer's Perel maintains that cops are still "cataloguing" the items and are in the early stages of the probe.
This is not the first time Reubens has been embroiled in an embarrassing sex scandal.
In 1991, while visiting his parents in Sarasota, Fla., Reubens was arrested in an adult movie theater for masturbating during a showing of "Nancy Nurse."
In a case that drew worldwide attention, Reubens eventually paid $135 in fines and court costs, but the resulting publicity caused CBS to cancel "Pee-wee's Playhouse."